Welcome to Mayfield Senior School, where your gifts come alive!
Welcome to Mayfield Senior School, where an incredible energy and sense of joy embrace our beautiful campus!
We are a school where the powers of faith, community and excellence create an irresistible place of discovery that draws us together with enthusiasm every day.
Our teachers are innovative, caring and fun, creatively engaging students so that they are captivated, curious and motivated. We know how girls learn best and we stretch their minds. With deep thought and care, we work to ensure that each student receives what she needs to be successful.
Yet these awesome qualities are not enough at Mayfield. As a Holy Child School, our educators must also live our mission “to help students believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world.” In other words, at Mayfield we help our students know and feel that they are loved by God.
We teach our wonderful students to see themselves in control of their own destinies—powerful and strong. At Mayfield, we strive to instill the qualities of justice, integrity, reverence and intellect because our young women will soon be the leaders this world so desperately needs.
Kate Morin, Mayfield's 14th Head of School, is an accomplished administrator, innovator and expert in girls' education who brings a warm, generous spirit and faith-filled leadership to our community.
Her strong bonds with students, her visionary guidance that pushes for continuous improvement and her indefatigable devotion to Mayfield distinguishes her leadership. Under Kate's direction, Mayfield has strengthened and greatly invested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education, launched a breakthrough health and wellness program, and nurtured a thriving Campus Ministry team, among other top-notch initiatives.
Kate enters her third year at Mayfield after serving eight years as Head of the Upper School at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD. Over the course of her 27-year career, which also encompassed a variety of teaching and leadership roles at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Kate has developed an unequivocal dedication to empowering young women through single-sex education.
A longtime Washington, D.C. resident, Kate was drawn to Mayfield Senior School’s Catholic, Holy Child tradition of academic excellence and commitment to service and social justice. An accomplished musician (cello and recorder), avid 20th-century historian and enthusiastic dressage rider, Kate embodies Cornelia Connelly’s educational philosophy of educating the whole person in mind, body and spirit.
Kate holds an M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in musicology from New York University and a B.A. in music from the University of Maryland, College Park. Kate and her husband, Skip—a music professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for 23 years—have three grown sons who live on the East Coast, Aubrey, Nicholas and Matthew.
— Kate Morin
“Being a Holy Child school means that everything we do—academics, arts, sports, service—is done with the powerful belief that God is an active presence in our lives.”
It has been a perfectly wonderful start to the 2018-19 school year at Mayfield Senior School. As I begin my fourth year as Head of School I feel a particularly focused and calm atmosphere here at 500 Bellefontaine. Perhaps our lovely Southern California weather that thankfully turned milder once the school year began has something to do with this. But I think it is really due to the incredible leadership that our seniors have already exhibited. I might be a bit biased because I count myself a member of the Class of 2019 as we started at Mayfield Senior School together. It has been a blessing beyond measure to watch this class blossom and flourish over the past three years—what an honor to be able to share their journey.
We ended the 2017-18 school year with joyful celebrations! Awards Night, Baccalaureate Mass and, finally, Graduation itself filled our last week with beauty. And when I reflect on the accomplishments of our Mayfield community over the past nine months, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the excellence in education we all foster for our cherished students.
“Be full of hope and trust in God.” — Cornelia Connelly
I feel so blessed during this holiest of weeks to have the opportunity to take stock of all that has been accomplished so far this school year. We began in the fall with our hearts full of hope, and it has been a great joy to witness the excitement and enthusiasm of our students and teachers as the year has unfolded.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.